Our world, encapsulated

This weekend I’ll be hanging drywall in my humble home, and there is a little compartment upstairs that will be sealed up for good (or, at least until the house is remodeled again or demolished. It was closed up for about 40 years before I got to it).

I’m going to get a shoebox-sized plastic container and create a time capsule to place in that little compartment.

Already slated for the capsule: a newspaper, a few coins, and some photos of the house and neighborhood.

Any suggestions on some small things to add that would be cool to find a few decades from now?

25 Comments

ben boylan

about 11 years ago

the American dollar (as a concept).
and record stores.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Write a short letter filled with as many details about your neighbors as possible. "I've seen the Jablonski boy harming animals, and I'm convinced he'll be a serial killer some day. The lady across the avenue with the big hair who is always watching TV seems to never leave the house. Mr. Doymiller methodically mows his lawn every three days, whether it's raining or not."

That kind of stuff could be gold.

Bad Cat!

about 11 years ago

I wanted to do that when I sealed up the bathroom, but everyone else was too efficient and I lost my chance.
Yea, you need to include a newspaper (even with coupon section so someone could guffaw at the dollar toilet paper). Maybe throw a Transistor mag in there too so they could see what bands were around. A story of you and your family would be cool too.

jest me

about 11 years ago

I totally agree with the funny neighborhood observations.  Also, some articles about the current state of our economy, for perspective...just 'cause I feel like all of our current economic news, while very bad, has been blown out of proportion in the day-to-day reporting.

Bad Cat!

about 11 years ago

Oh, and consider using some paper archival techniques to keep the papers from getting yellow & soggy. Throw in a few of those "DO NOT EAT" silica packets to keep everything nice and dry. Hopefully future people still can read basic warning signs...

vicarious

about 11 years ago

current magazine such as Atlantic or Harpers, old and unused cell phone, anything disposable you consider "modern", a grocery store flyer showing current prices, a shirt, shoes, ear-bud headphones, bottle of wine or whiskey, electric bill, a computer mouse, an incandescent light bulb, a receipt from Target, Walgreens or Wal Mart...pretty much anything, really.

brian

about 11 years ago

One of those newspaper articles about how newspapers are changing and going online and stuff to meet the needs of the future.
Heck, print out this post and the comments and put it in there.

zra

about 11 years ago

shower curtain rings. you never know if they'll have those in the future.

MareBee

about 11 years ago

The latest DNT daily paper- It won't last long.  Falls under disposable I think....

jp`

about 11 years ago

A lot of time when I look at old pictures I find myself interested in a background detail of where it was taken and what things were like at that moment in time.  

So, how about some pictures from around the neighborhood?  Wide shots that get in stuff like the way houses are painted, landscaping, cars in front of them, kids playing stuff and fashions, popular stores, etc.  Potholes.  And while you're at it, why not do your own house? So you or whomever can see how the furniture was arranged, painted, cabinets, cleanliness vs. dissarray and all of that.

jp`

about 11 years ago

I am such a SKIMMER, you already said you were putting in pictures of the house and neighborhood. And here I thought I was being so clever and original.

The Big E

about 11 years ago

We got a letter a while back from a guy whose grandparents lived in our house from 1920s to 1979--we talked, and he wound up sending us a box of stuff that basically amounted to a time capsule.  Bunch of photos, but mostly piles and piles of documents relating to home improvement, repairs, etc.  A bit overwhelming, but very interesting too.  [For instance, I now suspect that the reason the ceiling in the living room looks so much better than the plaster over the dining room is because it was redone in 1949.]

kokigami

about 11 years ago

A voodoo doll of yourself, with a pin and a note that tells them to lightly poke it in the butt, so you will know they found it.

A package of love letters from Martha Stewart to Jon Stewart.. (you may have to write these yourself).. 

The skeleton of a small dead animal, with air holes in the box.. 

I just love messing with the minds of the future..

kokigami

about 11 years ago

ooh..ooh.. add detailed care and feeding instructions for the "pet". And a pic, if you can of an appropriate animal with a pet name scrawled on it..

Beverly

about 11 years ago

I did this last summer. I put in toys to represent the kids living there. I think you should put in a dog toy. A TV guide would be fun, too.

Barrett

about 11 years ago

- A photo of yourself and a letter describing who you are and why you did this.
- A photo of your computer along with all the tech specs (maybe include all the technology in your house -- this will be funny).
- A supermarket tabloid full of celebrity gossip.
- Remember that if you include any electronic media (like a DVD or CD) you'll have to include the player as well.

baci

about 11 years ago

a rusted .38 special with a spent cartridge in the chamber, A one-eyed-jack bicycle playing card and some tapioca ... but that's just me

chris m

about 11 years ago

a million dollars

Dave Sorensen

about 11 years ago

Any print articles making predictions about the future.
Articles about Obama breaking race barriers.
Articles about global warming.
Articles predicting the end of the world in 2012.
A treasure map.
A small Tim Kaiser instrument.
A Hammacher Shlemmer catalogue.
Pictures of enormous SUVs
A vial of clean water.
A love-letter.
An I.O.U.

Sjixxxy

about 11 years ago

A wrapped twinkee.

adam

about 11 years ago

USB keychains are cheap now. You could load one up with your favorite music and a bunch of photos. It'll end up being some nerd's delight to reverse engineer a USB device to fit into the holo-projector.

Burnt CDs / DVDs aren't considered archival.

Sjixxxy

about 11 years ago

USB keychains are cheap now. You could load one up with your favorite music and a bunch of photos. It'll end up being some nerd's delight to reverse engineer a USB device to fit into the holo-projector.
I can see it now. News headline in 2098. "Nerd unlocks ninety-nine year old USB drive full of vintage mp3 music; promptly sued by RIAA"

rediguana

about 11 years ago

A letter to the future box-openers asking how they like their hovercars and if they've ever seen snow before.

jp

about 11 years ago

Maybe print out screen shots of this thread and get 'em laminated, so they keep.

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